Virtual Commons offers open access copies of Commonwealth and Departmental Honors Program theses and projects completed by undergraduate students who have submitted them electronically since 2013. The authors of these documents retain copyright to the intellectual property these works represent in their current form.

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Theses/Projects from 2020

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Big Nothing: A Story About Bicycles and the Girls Who Ride Them in the Heart of West Texas, Keziah Staska

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The Relationship between Trait Narcissism and Perceptions of Control, Sean Stephan Sullivan

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‘Awe’some Choice: An Expansion of the Broaden and Build Theory, Mary Tang

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Experiences of Transgender Adults Navigating Healthcare Access in Massachusetts, Nic Tompkins-Hughes

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“Pen is Envy”: Education, Feminine Sexuality, and Fruitfulness in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” and “An Apple Gathering” and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, Hannah White

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Law Enforcement’s Use of Facial Recognition Software in United States Cities, Samantha Jean Wunschel

Theses/Projects from 2019

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PTSD Precipitating from Sexual Abuse and Combat War Exposure and Co-Morbid Disorders of Chronic Pain, Substance Abuse and Immune Systems, Jessica Anzalone

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Importance of Cultural Awareness in Speech Language Pathology Education, Aurora Barailo

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DNA Methods to Understand Genetic Variation of the Mola mola Populations in and near Cape Cod, Jessica Barros

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Detecting Ocean Microplastics with Remote Sensing in the Near-Infrared: A Feasibility Study, Jandlyn Bentley

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Moving Through Feelings Integrating Dance and Private Counseling: A Creative Dance Technique Based Curriculum for Children Ages 10-12 Undergoing Talk Therapy, Jessica Bourassa

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Synthesis of a Protein Based Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production System, Alexander M. Brown

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Mental Illness Stigma’s Impact on Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence Victims: A Mock Juror Study, Madeline K. Butters

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Comparing Science/Technology/Engineering MCAS Scores to Math and English Language Arts in Different Demographics, Kiley Camara

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I Survived Hopscotch Hill A Collection of Nonfiction Essay About Homeschooling, Mialise Carney

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A Theory of Planned Behavior-Based Fruit and Vegetable Intervention for College Students, Danielle Clark

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An Investigation into Self-Efficacy and Academically Successful Minority Students Honors Thesis, Julie Clerge

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Examining Perceptions of Maternal Support and PMS Symptoms in College Women, Elizabeth Cook

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Bridging the Gaps in Elementary Life Science Lessons, Kaitlin Cook

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Barriers Women Face at Work: A cursory review of the literature, Jessica Curran

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Kinetic and Kinematic Analysis of Landing a Grand Jeté between Barefoot and Pointe Shoe Footwear for Dominant and Non-Dominant Legs, Cara Giordani Daybré

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Firefighter Problem Played on Infinite Graphs, Sarah Days-Merrill

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Renaissance Drama and ‘Magic Realism’: Mythology and Religion Across Time and Genres, Kellie Delaney

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K-12 Cybersecurity Program Evaluation and Its Application, Tabitha Domeij

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An Unquiet Pedagogy for Unquiet Students: Reducing Anxiety and Depression with Critical Pedagogy, Laine Drew

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You’re the Boss: The Stereotype Content Model as a Predictive Behavioral Tool in Résumé Evaluation Processes, Caylin M. Faria

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Exploring Traditional Sex-Role Stereotypes and Gendered Misconceptions in Intimate Partner Violence, Hannah J. Frey

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The Function of Role Models in the Identity Development of African American Male Adolescents and Young Adults, Gensis Galan

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Assessing Risk and Cash Bail in Massachusetts, Brittany M. Gammett

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Bringing Science to Life in the Fifth-Grade Classroom Through Hands-On Learning, Kelly Gately

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Love the Art in Yourself: Empowering Actors to Honestly, Comfortably, and Successfully Embody their Characters, Alyssa Germaine

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The Effects of Meloidogyne incognita on JAZ1, JAZ12, and JAZ13 Gene Expression in Arabidopsis, Emily Green

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Marketing U: Preparing Students to Succeed in the Job Search Process, Emily Guyon

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The Viking Dialogue Narrative: Egil’s Saga and Storytelling, Gabriel Hazeldine

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Implementation of Computational Chemistry as part of the Physical Chemistry Curriculum, Erica Hess

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Re/vision: An Artistic Exploration of the Fallacy of Memory, Emma Johansen-Hewitt

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Narrative Style and the Female Story in Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Parker Jones

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The LeBron Effect: Is a Superstar Worth the Money?, Colin Josselyn

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Vaping: The 21st Century Cigarette? What the Cigarette Smoking Generation thinks of the Vaping Generation, Alyssa Jusseaume

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Do you remember? Mock jurors’ perceptions of elder maltreatment when the elder has Alzheimer’s disease, Samantha Kameese

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The Education of Digital Design for Children, Neha Kharidi

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Radios Life Expectancy, Edward Krikorian

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Bauhausian Rhapsody 4.0: Mein Erbe, (My Heritage and Legacy) Design Thinking and Creativity in the Spirit of the Bauhaus, Jill Lengel

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The Power of Promotional Marketing to Millennials, Colleen Longley

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Modified Ramsey Numbers, Meaghan Mahoney

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PYY3-36 Efficacy is Independent of Photoperiod but Dependent on Time of Day, Marissa Maroni

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A Survey of Dark Matter Candidates and Relations to Particle Physics and General Relativity, Tyler Martell

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Finite Field Dynamics: Exploring Isomorphic Graphs and Cycles of Length p, Catlain McCarthy

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The Opportunity Zones Program Provides High Returns on Investments, Kane Moran

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The Effects of Neocolonialism on Indigenous Peruvians, Christina Nelson